Getting injured by a burn is something that can literally last a lifetime. It is intensely painful, and the victims of burns may even have to deal with pain for the rest of their life as a result. In fact, certain burn injuries can cause a person to have their life shortened as a result. Depending on the nature and extent of the burn, ranging all the way from first-degree burns to sixth-degree burn injuries, can definitely influence your mobility and recovery. This is why those who have been burned through no fault of their own ought to seek out a burn injury attorney at Jacoby & Meyers as soon as possible to help both with your medical treatment and your legal claim.
Factors Considered when Monetary Damages are Determined
Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers will consider several factors when evaluating and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of your legal case. Doing so will enable them to roughly estimate and determine how much compensation an individual suffering from burn injuries may be able to recover from the insurance company for their bodily injury, physical harm, medical treatment, lost income and pain and suffering.
It is going to hinge on these types of factors:
- Duty Owed- There is some chance that an individual may be burned by a piece of equipment. If that does happen, then they may be able to go after the manufacturer of the equipment for liability for the accident as well.
- Direct Cause- Was the accident the direct reason why the client ended up with burns or was it just a contributing factor? This is something that is going to weigh heavily in the courtroom.
- Severity Of The Injury- The amount of damage done to one’s body in general. It is fair to say that the more severe the burn injury, the more likely a jury is to award compensation, and perhaps even a lot of it. For example, a third, fourth, fifth or sixth-degree burn mean significant injury occurred and elevate the bodily injury portion of the case to a higher level. Where recklessness is involved, litigation may not even be necessary because negligence may be assumed by the insurance company adjuster. The outcome of your settlement really depends on the facts of your case which is why retaining a capable burn accident injury attorney from Jacoby & Meyers will help you get your life back on track.
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All of these factors may be reviewed with an attorney to determine the validity of each and how much they may weigh on a case. The attorney may not be able to tell the client the exact amount that they will be compensated by a jury, but when all things are taken into account and consideration, the client will have a good idea of what he or she stands to recover in a settlement.